Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1951

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

In 1951, for the first time since KU’s Homecoming tradition began, the celebration did not feature a lawn-decorating contest. During the previous summer, rains flooded Lawrence and excess funds were used for cleanup.

However, a Homecoming football game was still played and a Homecoming queen was crowned—Jeannine Neihart, d’53. The Jayhawks were victorious with a 41-28 victory over the Missouri Tigers.

Jeannine Neihart, KU Homecoming Queen 1951

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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